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Walkers hail Roman trail booklet
Hadrian's Wall
The wall runs from the west of Cumbria to Wallsend
Tourism bosses are hailing the success of a new guide to Hadrian's Wall, which has sold more than 1,000 copies.

The new Essential Guide to Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, was only published in May.

But the Countryside Agency says it is delighted more than 1,000 copies of the pocket sized books have been sold.

The 64-page guide was compiled by trail officer David McGlade and is aimed at walkers following the National Trail between Wallsend and Bowness-on-Solway.

Mr McGlade said: "Since opening in 2003, Hadrian's Wall Path has proved extremely popular with walkers.

"More than 3,500 people completed the Trail in the first few months.

Public transport

"We found however that these walkers didn't have enough information about the everyday essentials often taken for granted.

"For example, they needed to know where to find a cash point or toilets, museum opening times and where to get medical treatment.

"The guide aims to meet this need and be a handy reference point for anyone contemplating doing the walk."

Also covered in the guide are conservation tips and information about using public transport and even tide times.

The 84-mile stretch of wall linking Tyneside to Cumbria opened in May 2003.

The Countryside Agency, which is responsible for the trail, reckons more than 50% of the 6m cost of setting up the route had already been recouped.

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